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The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries 

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Updated May 23, 2019 4.3k votes 771 voters 8.7k views 173 items

There are so many good episodes of The Vampire Diaries, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "The Departed" the best, or is "Graduation" your favorite episode of The Vampire Diaries? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of The Vampire Diaries are, let's rank every Vampire Diaries episode from best to worst.

Starring Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, and Ian Somerhalder, The Vampire Diaries on CW was a supernatural drama based on the L.J. Smith book series of the same name. The series takes place in Mystic Falls, Virginia, a historically supernatural town where the vampires Stefan Salvatore (Wesley) and Damon Salvatore (Somerhalder) work to protect its residents, including their love Elena Gilbert (Dobrev). Mythology is revealed through flashbacks. The Vampire Diaries premiered on September 10, 2009 and concluded after eight seasons on March 10, 2017.

Vote up your favorite episodes of The Vampire Diaries, and downvote any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one Vampire Diaries episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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I Was Feeling Epic is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 8 Episode 16: With the fate of Mystic Falls at stake, Stefan and Damon must fight their greatest enemy for one last battle.
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Masquerade is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 2 Episode 7: Stefan and Damon decide on a new plan to deal with Katherine at the Lockwood's masquerade ball. Things take an ugly turn when Matt and Tyler start doing shots with their friends.
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The Departed is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 3 Episode 22: In the third season finale, determined to protect his sister, Jeremy makes a decision that will change everything. Bonnie makes a secret deal that has heartbreaking consequences.
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Graduation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 4 Episode 23: Season finale: It's Graduation Day. Damon's life is in danger and Elena faces an epic confrontation. Plus, Stefan discovers a horrifying clue to the mystery surrounding Silas.
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Dangerous Liasons is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 3 Episode 14: Elena is invited to a formal ball at Klaus' mansion and learns of a horrifying plan that could lead to numerous deaths. Who can she trust with her new information?
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Heart of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 3 Episode 19: Caroline is thrilled when Tyler returns to town, but Tyler soon suspects that something has been going on between Caroline and Klaus. Matt tries to keep Rebecca (CLAIRE HOLT) busy.
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As I Lay Dying is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 2 Episode 22: In the season finale, more than one life hangs in the balance as the consequences of the sacrifice ritual play out to a horrifying conclusion.
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Katerina is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 2 Episode 9: Elena puts herself in a dangerous position searching for the truth about Katherine's past. Jeremy and Bonnie meet a new student (BRYTON JAMES) with a surprising family history.
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The Reckoning is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 3 Episode 5: Caroline is determined to see that Elena, Bonnie, Matt and Tyler all enjoy a traditional Senior Prank Night before the school year begins ... but the evening takes a deadly turn.
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I'm Thinking Of You All ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 6 Episode 22: Season finale: Things take a dramatic turn when an uninvited guest shows up, leaving Elena in terrible jeopardy. Damon is forced to make the most difficult decision of his life.
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The Birthday is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 3 Episode 1: In the third season premiere, it's Elena's 18th birthday. As she searches for clues to locate Stefan, Damon tries to keep her from doing anything that might draw Klaus's attention.
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The Sun Also Rises is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 2 Episode 21: As the full moon arrives, Elena prepares for whatever Klaus (JOSEPH MORGAN) has planned and Tyler faces his second transformation. The terrifying events spin out of control.
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500 Years of Solitude is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 5 Episode 11: Stefan lets Elena, Caroline and Bonnie know that Katherine's health has taken a turn for the worse, while Damon, Matt and Jeremy discuss some of Katherine's most notorious moments.
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Home is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 5 Episode 22: In the season finale, Damon's plan causes a huge explosion in Mystic Falls, and everyone is caught up in the confusion, leaving a trail of heroism, sacrifice, relief and despair.
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Founder's Day is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 1 Episode 22: In the season finale, Damon and Alaric try to stop John Gilbert (DAVID ANDERS) from setting a plan in motion to bring Founder's Day to an end amid chaos, destruction and death.
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My Brother's Keeper is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 4 Episode 7: At the annual Miss Mystic Falls Pageant, Elena and Caroline give April (GRACE PHIPPS) advice, while Tyler and Hayley (PHOEBE TONKIN) work together on a secret project.
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Memorial is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 4 Episode 2: Stefan and Damon argue about what is best for Elena. Jeremy and Matt are surprised to see a girl they used to know, April (GRACE PHIPPS), enrolling at Mystic Falls High.
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Rose is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 2 Episode 8: Stefan and Damon come to Elena's assistance and, in the process, learn surprising new information. Jeremy helps Bonnie after she casts a difficult and exhausting spell.
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The End Of The Affair is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 3 Episode 3: Stefan is reunited with a vampire (CLAIRE HOLT), from decades earlier. In a flashback to the 1920s, Stefan comes face to face with a shocking chapter from his wild past.
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Ordinary People is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 3 Episode 8: Elena and Rebekah (CLAIRE HOLT) engage in a power struggle, until Rebekah finally reveals some of her family's ancient secrets and the violent past she shares with Klaus.
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Homecoming is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 3 Episode 9: On the night of the Homecoming dance, Rebekah (CLAIRE HOLT) tells Elena why the evening is so important to her, leaving Elena with conflicting emotions. MY MORNING JACKET performs.
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Kill or Be Killed is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 2 Episode 5: Tyler learns more about the Lockwood family curse from Mason (TAYLOR KINNEY) and Sheriff Lockwood (MARGUERITE MacINTYRE) receives startling information.
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I'll Wed You In The Gold... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 6 Episode 21: It's Alaric and Jo's (JODI LYN O'KEEFE) wedding day. After uncovering major news Damon has been keeping from him, Stefan gives his brother some perspective on a future with Elena.
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Fool Me Once is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 1 Episode 14: Jeremy asks Anna (MALESE JOW) to a party in the woods. Stefan, Damon and Elena work with Bonnie and Grams (JASMINE GUY) to open the tomb, and are shocked by what they discover.
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Ghost World is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 3 Episode 7: Preparing to celebrate the traditional Illumination Night, Mystic Falls is invaded by spirits. After a violent encounter with an angry spirit, Damon asks Bonnie for help.